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Surf City moving to improve town drinking water

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SURF CITY, N.C. (AP) - Surf City officials say the town is working get levels of contaminants in its water in compliance with standards.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/1mZXBip ) Saturday that quarterly testing of the town's drinking water has consistently revealed higher-than-maximum levels of trihalomethane and haloacetic acids in recent years.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has sent the town nearly a dozen state violation notices that its drinking water contains contaminants exceeding the maximum limit.

Trihalomethane is a carcinogen can be a byproduct of oil and gas drilling and may also be found in agricultural fertilizer. Haloacetic acid is a common byproduct of chlorine used in the water treatment process.

Town officials say the water is safe to drink.

Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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